Work with the field’s leading expert!

With over 40 years of admissions experience, including time at Harvard, Columbia, and Penn, The Ivy Dean is often considered the leading expert in the field—guiding counselors, organizations, and students through the admissions process each year. Recently, you may have seen The Ivy Dean on the Huffington Post, attended my interview at the national College Planning Summit, or read my admissions advice on Varsity Tutors.

As the only admissions consulting group with a former Ivy League Dean of Admissions, The Ivy Dean has a 100% college success rate, with many of my students gaining acceptance to the Ivy League. Even more, all of my students work directly with me, a former admissions dean and a college expert.

Read about The Ivy Dean’s success directly from my students:

The college application process can be an incredibly disorienting experience—do you listen to your parents, to your friends, or to College Confidential? Ms. Blackman’s advice and Positioning cuts through the confusion, and gives you the strategies you need to advocate for yourself in an incredibly talented and competitive applicant pool.”

– David Z., University of Chicago

Mrs. Blackman was truly an asset to my college application. She helped me improve my essays, figure out which colleges were right for me, and she kept me on track throughout the entire admissions process. With her help, I was able to submit a winning application to several top universities. As a result, I was admitted to (and will attend) an excellent engineering school.”

– John W., Cornell University

Words cannot express my deepest thanks for your guidance throughout the college admissions process. Before meeting you, I was completely lost; I had neither a college list nor any idea of how to sort through thousands of undergraduate institutions. Through your patience and expertise, you focused my search by identifying characteristics in colleges that would result in my ideal college experience. Your continued guidance resulted in acceptances from ten out of twelve schools, including Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon and NYU. Thanks to you, I will be attending my dream school, Columbia, in the fall.”

– Chase L., Columbia University

Thank you so much for helping me with my college applications! I got into my first choice, NYU Stern!!! I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for everything!”

– Tiffany L., New York University

Before working with Dee Blackman, I had been waitlisted to seven school, and accepted only to my safety; needless to say, I was in a bind. I sought out Dee after receiving her name through a friend. I can attest with utmost certainty that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Dee pinpointed the weaknesses in my application, and helped me formulate a strategy to present myself in the best light. All of the pieces were there to make my application stellar – Dee just guided me in the presentation. I was admitted to not only one, but two of my waitlist schools (including my first choice). It takes hard work and creativity to form a strong application, but do not underestimate the value of a second, educated opinion. Call Dee. Thank you for EVERYTHING!”

– M.H., Columbia College

Mrs. Blackman was truly an asset to my college application. She helped me improve my essays, figure out which colleges were right for me, and she kept me on track throughout the entire admissions process. With her help, I was able to submit a winning application to several top universities. As a result, I was admitted to (and will attend) an excellent engineering school.”

– X.L., Cornell Engineering

Thank you so much for all that you have done for me! Before your help I was skeptical that I would be admitted to a great school, but, with each session of ours that passed, I felt more and more confident in my chances at Harvard and the other schools I applied to. Your tireless help with picking essay topics, proofing essays, and navigating the technicalities of various applications saved me many hours of anxiety. My admissions director from Harvard wrote me a note saying that my application had presented me as a unique, interesting student whom she thought would thrive at Harvard. In the note, she included that one of the hobbies you encouraged me to write about added to my uniqueness. To think that I was hesitant to write on this topic when I started my application! You are always extremely helpful and always make sure that it is my voice that shines through the essays. It has been less than a year since I met you, and now here I am, accepted to be part of the Harvard Class of 2017! Once again, thanks for all that you have done!”

– J.Y., Harvard University

I received exceptional help from the Ivy Dean and their creative staff. Their guidance helped transform my essay into a moving narrative that helped present my personality and clearly convey my dedication to my chosen major. Without their assistance in both finding suitable programs and keeping me focused to meet deadlines, I don’t believe I would have had the confidence to successfully apply to the highly reputable programs that I chose.”

– Yelp Review

The Ivy Dean helped us through the entire college admissions process and our experience was outstanding. Their team exhibited a very deep and intelligent understanding of the process to maximize acceptance to top tier colleges. From campus visits, application to essays and overall guidance and moral support, through what can be a very stressful process for many, their partnership was invaluable to us. The results were great with acceptance to two “reach” colleges and all the “likely” colleges. Plus their overall approach is very practical and they adjust strategy to changing situations through the process. Also as a bonus they are very nice, friendly and personable to work with. Would highly recommend their services!”

– Yelp Review

They guided us through the methodology of applying to top tier colleges and gave good advice all through the process. Their guidance and proofreading of the essays was right on the mark. They were always accessible and returned emails promptly. We learned a lot and as a result, our son received acceptances to “stretch” schools, “target” schools, and “safety” schools.”

– Yelp Review

 

For more information, call (845) 826-5310 or click here to contact Drusilla Blackman.